Each trimester we will highlight an LCRC Staff Member. Join us in getting to know Rachel M.
What is your title at LCRC? Advocate. Recently, I have been hired as the new sexual assault advocate.
What does that entail? Addressing safety concerns and taking appropriate measures to protect our clients and their families. Assisting clients in gaining access to additional information and resources within the community. Completing orders for protection and/or harassment restraining orders and offering additional legal advocacy, per a client’s request. Coordinating referrals and appointments within the community on behalf of clients. Providing crisis intervention which may include assessing a client’s mental, physical, and emotional health, personal safety and security, or other basic needs. In addition, I meet clients at the emergency room after a sexual assault or domestic violence incident.
How long have you been with LCRC? Three years ago I worked in the shelter part-time as a resident assistant while attending college. I came back to Mary’s Place part time about a year ago and began doing advocacy full-time.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? The kiddos! I love interacting with the children and watching them grow as they start to gain a sense of safety and security. It’s amazing!
What is the most challenging part of your job? It’s bittersweet, but the most challenging part for me would be watching the clients move on to the next step in their lives. After working so closely with individuals, you begin to bond and connect with them. They become a huge part of your life. You want nothing but the very best for them. They deserve it!
What is your background? I graduated from Concordia College in 2014 with a degree in psychology and minor in neuroscience. Throughout my college years, I did various types of volunteer work within different areas of human services. After graduation, I worked at Prairie St. John’s for 2+ years. I took a break from the field for a few years and went to work on the family farm for about 1.5+ years. Now , I’m back in the field and enjoy every minute of it.
What is your dream vacation? Wine tour in the Napa Valley/Sonoma Valley (CA) area!!
What is your favorite food? Sushi.
Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? My dad!
What brought you to LCRC? My mom heard of the agency when it moved to its current location. She did some volunteer work at LCRC and is a huge supporter of the organization.
What is your favorite movie? Enough
Do you have a favorite childhood memory? Living at the lake with my mom and sister during the summers and having the opportunity to experience true “lake life”